Great Too - Ages 4+
This follow-up to the bestselling picture book, Great, focuses on building confidence and learning how to focus on the game, featuring hockey great Wayne Gretzky and his dad, Coach Wally.
Taylor and Wayne, The Great One, have been working with Coach Wally on their Perfect Play: Taylor fakes a shot and Wayne gets open -- pass; shoot; GOAL! And now that their team is going to the biggest tournament in the country, they'll have a chance to show it off. But as the tournament goes on, Taylor is distracted by the loud cheering crowd, and his confidence starts to fade. Lucky for him, Coach Wally is in his corner, reminding Taylor that it's okay to be nervous but the most important thing is to remember that he is part of a team, working together with his teammates. As Coach Wally says, if you have a good time, work hard and do your best, "that is all that matters."
GLEN GRETZKY is the Executive Director of the Wayne Gretzky Foundation, which raises money to help children and families across Canada and the United States. Glen is also the Brand Manager for Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery and continues to be involved in community events and fundraising. He lives in Brantford, Ontario.
LAURI HOLOMIS has worked with the Gretzky Family and the Wayne Gretzky Foundation for many years. She continues to work in the sports world and is passionate about teaching kids confidence. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband, Ryan, and son, Wyatt.
KEVIN SYLVESTER is a renowned author, illustrator, and broadcaster. An award-winning sportscaster for seven years, he is well-known to listeners of CBC Radio One for broadcasting national sports and anchoring radio coverage for four Olympic Games. He is now a regular on "Here and Now," "The Current," and "The Sunday Edition." Kevin Sylvester's book for children, Sports Hall of Weird, was named a Silver Birch Honor Book and a Rocky Mountain Honor Book. His second book, Gold Medal for Weird, won the Silver Birch, was a Willow Award nominee, and was named a Gold Medal Choice for the Junior Library Guild in the United States. He is also the author of Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murders and Game Day. Kevin Sylvester lives in Toronto with his wife and daughters.